Mariano Rivera may need surgery on his vocal cords

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In the strongest evidence yet that Mariano Rivera is, in fact, human, the Yankees closer told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that he likely needs vocal cord surgery.

Rivera said that his vocal cords have “been bothering him for a month.”

Presumably the surgery wouldn’t have any impact on Rivera’s usual offseason plans and the future Hall of Famer’s right arm remains in pristine condition a week short of his 42nd birthday.